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Swamp Thing, Volume 1: Raise Them Bones

(Swamp Thing (2011) #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  6,051 ratings  ·  268 reviews
In the 40-years since its debut, Swamp Thing has been graced with some of the best writers in comics from Len Wein to Alan Moore and now, as part of the DC Comics—The New 52, American Vampire scribe Scott Snyder brings his talents to an all new Swamp Thing, set in the DC Universe.
Following the events of Brightest Day, Alec Holland has his life back...but the "Green" has
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by DC Comics (first published August 1st 2012)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I'm giving a graphic novel five stars..and it's Swamp thing!

Dr. Alec Holland remembers dying and becoming a monster, but he doesn't want anything to do with that life. He remembers a white haired woman but the memories of that time are vague. Even when Superman comes to see him he admits he does not want to return to that life.

Then he finds out about a "bubble boy" from hell.

The kid can animate the dead. Wicked shit right there. If you have a cancer inside you or say a bad tooth? He can
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
Poor Dr. Alec Holland, he’s been brought back from the dead by a comic book writer and he’s plagued by these memories of a different life, a different continuity as Swamp Thing. Hey Doc, I have the same nagging problem, but my symptoms are headaches, nausea, lethargy and a general malaise when I read anything with New 52 on the cover.

At least Swamp Thing is lucky. He’s written by Scott Snyder. Since Grant Morrison went over the edge, Snyder is one of DC’s few consistently decent writers. What
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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So allllll of the Shallow Comic Book Readers who have read this gave it 4 Stars . . .

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(Even Sam and he hates everything.) I didn’t not like it, I was just kind of . . .

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(^^^^Look at me! What a P.I.M.P. I got 99 problems and finding the graphic novels I want to read at my library is definitely one.)

I am admittedly not a superhero comic reader (which Jeff is well aware of), so when I started Raise Them Bones and found this . . . .

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Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Swamp Thing?
Yeah, no. I'll pass, thanks.

I've never had any desire to read any of the past Swamp Thing trades...'cause it's Swamp Thing.
It sounded ...stoopid.
Behold! I am Swamp Thing!
I never would have even bothered to give this a shot, except that several of my GR friends really loved it. Well, that, and for some reason my library had a few copies available.

So now we come to the part where I was wrong in my original assessment of this character.
Eh, it happens...

This was
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Damned if this did not just draw me in and make me like it a lot.

Great work by the team of talented collaborators: Scott Snyder(Writer), Yanick Paquette(Illustrator), Marco Rudy(Illustrator), Victor Ibañez(Illustrator), Sean Parsons(Illustrator), Michel Lacombe(Illustrator) for a very entertaining and engaging revision of the Swamp Thing story. This 2012 publication takes the old DC standard to a new level and with a new backstory that makes this BLOOM with new GREEN life. (like what I did
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first swamp thing outside of random appearances in crossover events and I have to say the setup for the story is pretty damn epic. Life versus rot. The fundamental forces, with avatars. In love. I mean, how sweet is that?

Romeo and Juliette can suck it.

This is the kind of romance I can dig!

Oh, fantastically gruesome art, too. Blown away.
Dan Schwent
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Alec Holland is reborn with memories not his own, memories of the adventures of Swamp Thing. Forces of the Rot are marshaling and only the Swamp Thing can stop them. But what does all that have to do with an immune-deficient child named William?

I've made it no secret that I think Scott Snyder can do no wrong when it comes to comics. Swamp Thing really drove that point home. Stepping into Alan Moore's shoes on one of the projects that took him to stardom wasn't an enviable task. Good thing Scott
Sam Quixote
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Of all the “New 52” titles announced, “Swamp Thing” was the one I was looking forward to the most so having finished the first book I’m glad it’s as good as I’d hoped. Despite a somewhat convoluted explanation of how Alec Holland was and wasn’t Swamp Thing, things get moving pretty quickly as a deathly primeval force called “The Rot” threatens all plant-life on Earth. “The Green” and the Parliament of Trees reach out to Alec to become their champion, Swamp Thing, and help defeat the enemy. But ...more
[Name Redacted]
A flawed gem.

This is the first Scott Snyder title I've read and, I'll be honest, I am profoundly disappointed. The writing was just...feh.

I understand that Snyder isn't Moore and that Moore has gone a the last few decades. But Moore completely redefined the characters, the themes and the purpose of the Swamp Thing series, all for the better. It still remains one of the best superhero/horror/fantasy comics I have ever read. Even Veitch's attempt to follow Moore after he left the
May 16, 2017 marked it as couldn-t-hack-it
Way to kill the franchise, Bakula!

Swamp Thing, Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing is one of my favourite graphic novel series, so I took it as a given that I would love this. Wrong! I got a bit more than half-way through when I decided to throw in the towel.
Tony Diaz
May 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Anyone who has spent any time in a swamp or other natural setting or even on a farm has had a chance to witness life springing from rot and decay. This was one of the major themes of Alan Moore's legendary 1980s turn as the writer of DC's Swamp Thing. Moore's interpretation of the titular creature was after all a walking, talking mass of roots and vines grown from a dead man's submerged corpse. Aided by an experimental bio-restorative formula and some metaphysical push, the swamp had consumed ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Swamp Thing has protected the earth's green life for years by the time we see Dr. Holland show up here. In fact, he is another in a long line of Swamp Thing protectors - just one of the more unwilling ones. It's a little weird tho, getting dropped into the narrative *after* he's had all these horrific experiences as the monster - it's like getting introduced to someone and hearing about all the wild sex & drugs they *used* I have, but "I outgrew that stuff and I'm over it now.". NOW you ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I'll be honest, it took me an issue or two to get into this one. But once I did... Wow. I love the idea of the Swamp Thing being a warrior for the Green. Alec Holland was handled very well. I get his hesitation to become the creature again, and why he puts it off. The art is often stunning, just a pleasure to look at. More than once, I would turn a page and just stare at the layout in front of me, enjoying the art before reading a word, which is unusual for me. Bonus points: the reader only ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I might review this one later.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had never read any Swamp Thing before, but picked up issue 1 of this comic just because of Scott Snyder's name on the front (who's quickly becoming one of my favorite writers). This book is absolutely amazing. The seven issues in this volume sets up an expansive fantasy/horror epic, one that will be increased tenfold in size with the highly anticipated Animal Man crossover coming in a few months.

This opens with a recently resurrected Alec Holland, who, from what I understand, has never been
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I'd only read a few Swamp Thing comics before this, but when I saw Scott Snyder's name attached, I knew it would be worth the time. It was. Snyder is quickly becoming one of my favourites, especially with all his good work in Batman. This is a very engaging story about Alec Holland, the once Swamp Thing (or was he?) and it's a nice little link to have Superman appear and talk to him, as well as brief glimpses of Batman and Aquaman. The storyline is solid, things have been changed from the ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I don't have a frame of reference for this book, since all I know about it is the really cheesy movie that came out many moons ago with Adrienne Barbeau. I did read an older Hellblazer, where Swamp Thing pops in at the end, but that's about it. Overall, this was pretty good, but the subject matter is pretty icky. I did like the concept of nature being sort of neutral when it comes to good and evil. While Alec has always felt an affinity towards plants, he doesn't look at the green kingdom as a ...more
James DeSantis
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Kind of let down with this volume. I guess I expected more? Before we get to the bad let's start with the good, cause there is some great stuff.

The design of swamp thing is badass. The main villain of this, a crazy little kid with the power of Rot in his blood, is horrifying and kills without blinking. Scary. Also loved the more horror/mystery feel of it. Also very easy to get in to even if you never read Swamp Thing before.

The bad start with the slow pacing at points. Also things feel dragged
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Not my cup of tea! I don't know guys, I like Swamp Thing as a character but I guess his comic books aren't for me, after trying this and Alan Moore's run. I will say Snyder does a good job of tying in his run to Moore's which I thought was cool but otherwise Swamp Thing comics just aren't clicking with me, not saying this is bad at all, its just not for me.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
This unsettling horror comic brings a lot of frustration but tells a fascinating story with some powerful visuals. The idea is that a guy comes back from the dead with memories of a Swamp Thing that had taken his place between his death and resurrection, and when he is heavily recruited to become that Swamp Thing himself, he fights the invitation. Of course, we all know what his eventual response will be (there are only so many ways you can publish a monthly Swamp Thing comic that doesn't have a ...more
Milo (BOK)
“Swamp Thing proves that Snyder can write well outside of Batman with a stunning opening volume to the new series which I will be following for sure.” ~The Founding Fields

Swamp Thing: Raise Them Bones was the second volume of DC’s New 52 that I purchased for trade paperback after the success of the first volume of the Teen Titans: It’s Our Right To Fight, and now that I look back on it, I realise that I could not have picked a more different series. Even though Scott Snyder has worked on Batman,
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dcu
This was pretty amazing! And I am shocked to see me typing that... I was skeptical heading into it, but quickly changed my mind.

First of all, the art work is stunning. At once grotesque, horrific, expressionistic and surreal. It feels and looks like artwork that would be found in a graphic novel, which lends a level of sophistication and maturity to the volume.

Secondly, it is very intriguing! Right away, the reader learns that Alec has unexplained memories of a past life. Does he remember the
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

When I play Lego Batman 2 with my little brother sometimes (Yeah, I have to play video games with him at times. Thanks, for that, dad.), I try to play different heroes. Weird ones. Cool ones. Ones I’ve never heard of. We have collected a lot of different guys in the game, so it is pretty easy to always get someone new to try out. The weirdest of them all is Swamp Thing. I got to thinking I’d like to read one of his books, so I found this older ones at the
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, dc, 5-stars
Whoa, that was brilliant! I've read Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run before, but I never quite got into it. It always felt a bit overwritten and dated, not living up to its full potential.

This volume, though, feels like the best of Moore's run being mixed with Snyder's own talent for horror stories. It's dark, disturbing and yet completely immersive.

Yanick Paquette and Marco Rudy also do incredible job on the artwork, emulating Stephen Bisette's crazy psychedelic style, most notably in inventive
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come. Let's just say I finally found my favorite New 52 though! :)
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Unknown to to the casual comics fan the Swamp Thing title has been fortunate to have a series of excellent writers over the years. Most people think, "Oh, its was just Alan Moore." That is because DC wisely has learned they can milk both soft and hardcover editions of Moore's work for profit by keeping them in print (and any publisher, be it Harper Collins etc. would do the same). Before Moore there was the excellent Lew Wein/Bernie Wrightson run, and after Moore Rick Veitch (with the ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Swamp Thing's introduction into the New 52 is problematic. After coming back to life, Alec Holland, who was never actually Swamp Thing, tried to avoid the calling of the Green. He remembers being Swamp Thing, even though he was actually dead, and herein lies the problem:

He seems to remember the pre-New 52 continuity. Does this mean that John Constantine was around in the 80s, leading him around? Did he help Jack Knight enter Solomon Grundy's consciousness?

It's weird because New 52 is a hard
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Snyder is killing it with his New 52 stuff. Batman is fantastic, and Swamp Thing is a close 2nd, clipping along at a quick pace and building the horror a little at a time. It's still a superhero book at its core, but a much different one than a lot of other stuff on the shelves. It relies a little bit too heavily on previous universe Swamp Thing lore, which I was a little annoyed by since this is supposed to be an accessible reboot, and I bet a lot of people are not super fresh on Alan Moore's ...more
Jami Good
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The artwork was gorgeous, though the storytelling technique was a little repetitive. It seemed to take too long to get to the obvious ending, but maybe that is comic book style? I also wanted to know more, so I might be checking out other books in this series.
ليث صلاح
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story and introduction to Swamp Thing. also the art was cool.
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.

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